Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mary Had A Little...

Whoops is that wrong of me? 

Anywho I made my first ever leg of lamb and it was delicious. It was on sale at Whole Foods so I figured why not. I bought a 3 lb leg of lamb and cooked it much like a regular roast of some kind. 

Leg of Lamb
Ingredients: 
3 lb Leg of Lamb
Vegetable Stock
White Wine
4-5 Cloves of garlic 
Wondra or Flour
EVOO
Salt and Pepper

Season your leg of lamb liberally with salt and pepper. 

Put a few turns of EVOO into a hot pan or Dutch Oven. Then add in your leg of lamb and sear on all sides. 

Once seared, add vegetable stock a few glugs and some white wine a few glugs and then out it into a 325 degree oven with the lid on basting every 15 mins 

Once your lamb hits 125 internal temp take it out and let it rest. Begin cutting the lamb at 135 degrees internal temp for medium rare. 

I then made a quick pan gravy with the leftover liquid in the Dutch oven and just whisked in some Wondra until it was the right consistency. 

I served my Leg of Lamb with a gravy and roasted Brussel Sprouts and Steamed Gravy. 

Dinner was delicious!!! I would recommend it and it wasn't too far off From things I normally make! 

XO, 
Ash 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boston Marathon 2014


I love Marathon Monday... It's the best day ever!!!

My day started out by getting my car checked in to get fixed and picking up a rental car... This is what I am driving... 

I miss my car and after going on a wild goose chase to find the rental car place I miss my car but I was well on my way to celebrate Marathon Monday!!!

I had my Wicked Strong shirt and head full of curls and I was ready to go. 


We watched the elite runners compete with our Irish coffees and some waffles and Nutella yum! 

Then we hopped on the T and heading into the city!!!


You have to give these people credit for running 26.2 miles and training hard in NE!!! We cheered on so many people for just going out and doing something amazing!!!

We are the Number 1 cheerleaders!!!

We stood at the 1k to go, it was the closest we got but we had a great time despite the added closures do to security!!

It was a great day that ended out to dinner at the Local in a Newton!!! 

XO,
Ash

Friday, April 18, 2014

Colby's Bit of Bad Luck



So this week has been a long and crazy week for my car! Mike tried replacing the tie-rod this passed weekend and came away with a cut on his hand and a tetanus shot. 

So back to my car. Mike has been driving my car all week since he was worried about the tie-rod and his commute is much less than mine. 

This happened on Tuesday...

It doesn't look like much, but upon further inspection my bumper is cracked and my grill is cracked. I have an appointment to have it appraised through claim today so we will see. I also had my tie-rod replaced and now I'm waiting for it  to get aligned and a new tire mounted and balanced! 


I also found out that I need to have my Lower control arm replaced since it's not the right part...How this had gotten passed numerous mechanics for the last 5 years boggles my mind. 

Oh and that Chevy recall yeah that's also in the works of getting handled! Colby is getting lots of attention lately... 

XO, 
Ash

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I Want To Pump You Up!

I am addicted to fitness and health blogs. I love to read blogs in bed and compare my diet to friends. With the summer fast approaching I am getting itchy to sweat and build muscle and get back on track. So I have been looking for some motivation, and I have dropped some lbs in the passed month so I am eager to drop a few more. 

I have gotten my diet back on track I am eating a more 80/20 Paleo Clean diet and I am feeling much better! I am getting more adventurous in the kitchen and trying new recipes and new foods. 


Some of my favorite foods lately!
Carrots N Cake's No Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Bars!


These guys are so yummy and so stupid easy to make and you can eat them in about an hour. Mike loves them too and he typically doesn't like my healthy bake goods. He much rather prefers the fatty kinds!

I love these much better than typical Rice Krispy treats because they satisfy my sweet tooth and don't leave me wanting more than one. They also have some good healthy fats in them versus just a boat load of sugar!




Van's Gluten Free Waffles w/ Peanut Butter or Nutella

The texture of tehse takes a little getting used to and I still prefer the 2 ingredient pancake, but this is a good option too. With a lil peanut butter or some nutella this is a super easy and quick breakfast and perfect for in the car. So if I am running late I just throw these in the toaster and I am ready to go!



I am all about these guys. I know I know I should make my own spice and slow cooker sauces. I get it but sometimes I just need a quick dinner and these things are great the ingredient list isn't that bad and I always pair it with a ton of veggies and Whole Foods meat of some kind.

I need to buy another one for a beef recipe later this week!

Thanks Rick Bayless!






What are some of your favorite foods lately?

XO,
Ash

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Staying Strong

One year ago today the Boston Marathon was tainted with fear and the City of Boston was shaken. No sporting event and even an event like the Boston Marathon where so many come to do good should ever be shaken by fear.

Today as the city reflects and the families mourn and remember loved ones, and those that lost limbs strive to gain an inch of their life and freedom back I sit here angry.

I wasn't there that day, but I planned to be. My plans changed last minute and I stayed home and spent the day with my pup. After a year, the city of Boston can't be stronger yet there are still so many people out there testing the waters and forgetting what it all really means.

This year, since it's the first year back the City is on edge and people are nervous. Not only did the bombers take 4 lives in total but they also took a piece of our confidence. We all chant Boston Strong and we will show up next Monday but we will all keep our eyes open a bit more and hold on tighter to the ones we love? We are worried, excited, and strong.

As I hear on the news about the plans for the marathon I am saddened because things have changed and will be forever changed. No longer can the men and women of the military use the coveted Boston Marathon as there Ruck route. Why does this bother me? I remember seeing my college ROTC running in the race and my friend and I cheered so loud and with such pride! It is nice to see the men the women of our country complete a feat that is remarkable and on such a fun and glorious day! There are other trails and other places to Ruck but to me that hurts.

To hear people argue about the right to a bag search along the route or even at the finish line. The simple fact that people think they have the right to act like its such a horrible thing for a 5 second look into a bag while walking down Boyleston Street, but will wait in a twenty minute line to have there bag searched at a Sox game.

After a year I am hopeful that we will gain our confidence back and I am looking forward to seeing it in a week. I have met people from all over the US, during the weekend of the Marathon. I am honored to live in this City and I will be there. Cheering on the survivors, the veteran runners, the first timers, the young, the old, the elite and the amateur.

Stay Strong Boston!

XO,
Ash

Monday, April 14, 2014

Why I am a Homeowner!

Who needs a gym, or a fitness class, or personal trainer? My gym is my house! All the yard work that I do is whipping me into shape! 

My Yardwork WOD consisted of: 
Raking All of front yard and half the back (Arms/Cardio)
Cleaning out all the flower beds (squats)
Picking up leaves and putting them into leaf bags (squats)
Carrying Leaf bags from back to the front (Arms/OHS squat/cardio)
Removing Pallets and Leaves from under bushes (squats/arms) 

My body felt wrecked last night but I feel great today and I want to do more!!! 

He enjoyed the gorgeous weather on Sunday while Mike and I tackled the leaves and dead grass! We are done with removal and we are super ready to start to see growth and enjoy our plush back yard! 

It's been a busy weekend between Twirling and Yardwork! 

I am looking forward to planting some flowers later this week and also seeing some new grass grow!!! That brown muddy stuff needs to go away!! 

I am starting Barre this week! I am ready to get my body ready for the beach! Let's do this!!!  

How was your weekend? 

XO, 
Ash




Friday, April 11, 2014

Work Day Eats

So Wondering what I eat when I am at work all day long? Here you go!!! You can be healthy at work... This is what I do.

Breakfast!

I always eat breakfast! Sometimes I eat at home and when I am rushed in the morning I bring it with me!
Here are some of the Breakfasts that I eat.
Coconut Yogurt with Udi's Gluten Free Yogurt!
Fried Eggs with Homemade Hashbrowns and some kind of Meat
Peanut and Banana with Coffee and Water

So obviously some days are easier and more filling than others. On days when I eat a full egg and protein breakfast is usually when I'll be eating a late lunch or dont really have a good lunch option so I fill up in the beginning of the day.

Lunch is usually leftovers for me or I will grab a salad, and sometimes I eat an omlette at work. 
This was today's Lunch Leftover Steak and Mashed Potatoes! MmM
I don't usually snack at my desk. If I have candy or chips I will just keep eating so I don't eat I drink... Water that is. I wrote on my water bottle to make me conscious about drinking lots of water and I find I usually get through two bottles a day!!! I also try and walk around a bit to get my legs moving!
This is a cool tip if you forget to drink. It gives you a goal. 
What do you guys eat at work? Do you have a drawer full of treats? Do you sit too much, or have a standing workspace?

XO,
Ash